Revitalizing language: Michelle Sylliboy’s hieroglyphic poetry

A unique multimedia experience is coming to the Central Library (VPL) Sept. 19 as Michelle Sylliboy presents her book of hieroglyphic poetry, Kiskajey – I Am Ready. Sylliboy’s anticipated book is the first Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic poetry book ever published. Sylliboy is an artist raised on unceded territory in We’koqma’q Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She has always had…

The hardest laugh

The year 2009 was seen by many as the birth of a new discussion on race relations. Many saw the election of America’s first black president as the start of a post-racial era. At that time, playwright Young Jean Lee was finishing off her newest effort, The Shipment. A pointed and upfront commentary on racial stereotyping…

A fresh take on two Noh plays

Two Modern Noh Plays By Yukio Mishima will premiere Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 14 at the Vancity Lab at The Clutch. The dual production features two plays: Sotoba Komachi, directed by Kenneth Tynan and Hanjo, directed by Kate Ely. “Both plays dance around the theme of love; the reality of what it means to love…

A rare opportunity to view ‘Old Master’ Italian prints

Curator Hilary Letwin has teamed up with the Burnaby Art Gallery to showcase Italian prints dating from the Renaissance to the 18th century at the Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper exhibition. Gathered from local private and public collections, the works will be available Sept. 13 to Nov 17. European prints and drawings from this…

DJ Shanique Kelly – Building community through music

Shanique Kelly, also known as Softieshan, only got into DJing three years ago but has already made a name for herself in the city as a sought-after event producer. She is a regular presence at some of the local popular venues and she also runs ‘LEVEL UP,’ the city’s only monthly Queer Rap and Hip-Hop…

Ramya’s Treasure comes to Vancouver

Experience a fusion of Indian and Canadian storytelling with a reading of Ramya’s Treasure (2018) by Pratap Reddy. Reddy will present his book Sept. 6 at the South Hill branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Ramya’s Treasure is a novel that blends two seemingly disparate worlds into a relatable tale of retrospection and reflection. Reddy came to Canada in…

Old Soul, new life: A band’s journey

Old Soul Rebel brings their passionate, politically personal sound to the Richmond World Fest on Saturday, Aug. 31. Composed of core members Chelsea D. E. Johnson and Lola Whyte, Old Soul Rebel takes the defiant sound of soul, rock and blues as a means of expressing their rebellious life experiences. “It’s the rebellious nature of…

Appreciating Japanese ceramics through tea

Maiko Behr, founder of SaBi Tea Arts, brings the intricacy and elegance of Japanese tea ceremonies to the West Coast. On August 18th, she will introduce participants to ‘Omotesenke’ and Japanese ceramic art at the Nikkei Centre. “Omotesenke is a style of Japanese tea ceremony that is not very widespread outside of Japan, although we…

Exploring the Taiwanese experience

It’s made in Taiwan…and Canada! The Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival celebrates Taiwanese and Canadian artists and their art, says Esther Lin. “Art is an expression and application of human creative skill and imagination and it allows others to appreciate beauty and emotional power,” says Lin, the co-chair for this year’s festival, which will run July…

SHIFT Festival – New work created and performed by women

The 12th annual SHIFT Festival will combine movement, music, and sharp personal notes in a 90-minute show diverse in form yet linked in theme. The three-day festival offers three pieces for one price from July 11–13. A platform for expression Marie’s Letters is about the experience and survival of the Métis, with indigenous artist Tai Amy…

Justice in a culture of silence

The Pooni sisters are after justice. Because We Are Girls is an upcoming documentary about the journey of Jeeti, Salakshana, and Kira Pooni as they try to bring a sexual predator from their childhood to justice. The documentary received official selection at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. Due to popular demand the documentary…

Ways of listening

Vancouver-based composer and sound artist George Rahi leads a World Listening Day ‘soundwalk’ from the Roundhouse Centre to Hadden Park/Kitsilano Beach on July 18. The soundwalk explores the dynamics of group movement throughout and listening to the city, followed by a discussion of experiences and observations throughout the walk. Sound and Space George Rahi’s works span…